First round in series of distressed hospital grants now open

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Distressed hospital grant application

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is opening the first application period for distressed hospital grants authorized by the legislature in the most recent session. We will have two grant application periods with $4 million available each period.

First round of applications

The first round of applications is open until July 31, 2022 and hospitals will be notified by August 22, 2022; funds will be disbursed by August 31, 2022. To qualify, a hospital must:

  • Be located in Washington;
  • Serve individuals enrolled in state and federal medical assistance programs;
  • Continue to maintain a Medicaid population at similar utilization levels as in calendar year 2021;
  • Be necessary for an adequate provider network for the Medicaid program;
  • Demonstrate a plan for long-term financial sustainability; and
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Lack adequate cash-on-hand to remain financially solvent;
    • Have experienced financial losses during hospital fiscal year 2021; or
    • Be at risk of bankruptcy.

A first round completed application packet must consist of:

  • Distressed hospital application
  • Most recently completed hospital cost report
  • Written plan to return to financial solvency

Apply for the grant

Please send completed application packets to Questions can also be directed to that same email.

What's next?

We will open the second round of funding later in the year. Those applications will be accepted October 1, 2022 to November 30, 2022.